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Educational Access Programs

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The purpose of Educational Access Programs (EAP) is to enhance the quality of the educational experience for minority students in particular, and all students in general, through programs, services, advocacy, and referral to appropriate resources. EAP is actively involved in the enrollment development functions of the University with respect to recruitment and retention of minority students.

In addition, EAP responds to the need to expose all students to, and involve in, a wide range of multicultural activities and initiatives. EAP fulfills its purpose by working in cooperation with other administrative and academic units, student organizations, and the Cape Girardeau community.

Educational Access Programs promotes student development by:

  • encouraging positive and realistic self appraisal, intellectual development, clarification of values, appropriate personal choices, the understanding of a balanced approach to wellness, the ability to relate meaningfully with others, the capacity to work independently and interdependently
  • assisting students in overcoming specific personal, physical or educational problems or skill deficiencies
  • identifying environmental conditions that may negatively influence student welfare and proposing interventions that may neutralize such conditions

The College Access Partnership Award (CAP-A) is available to first-year students who have participated in a designated College Access Partnership program or Scholarship Organization/Foundation.

 Eligibility Requirements

  • Successful completion of a designated College Access Partner Program or receive funding/scholarship from a designated Foundation or Organization Partner
  • A letter of recommendation from the Partner Program, Foundation or Organization.
    High school grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or above.
  • First generation college student and/or Pell grant eligible.
  • Full admittance to Southeast Missouri State University.

 Renewal Criteria

  • Maintaining a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA.
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester during your first semesters of Southeast enrollment, and 15 credit hours per semester during the remaining semesters.
  • Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by December 1st each year and completing any verification requests from the university.
  • Remaining in compliance with all University policies and procedures.
  • Complete the requirements of the Academic Support Centers contract each year.
  • A committee may be appointed to review award renewals, reductions and appeals.

Value: Ranges from $500-2,000 per year ($250-1,000 per semester)

 Active College Access Partners

 Organizations and Associations:

 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

College Bound St. Louis

Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club of St. Louis

MOHELA/Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation

Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis

St. Louis Community Foundation

St. Louis Graduates

St. Louis Internship Program

St. Louis Regional Chamber

UNCF, Inc.

Wyman Center


Charter School Systems

 KIPP St. Louis

KIPP Delta


National College Access Programs


TRIO Programs

University Center 202
Educational Access Programs
One University Plaza, MS 1850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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